Pakistan

ECP rejects PTI plea seeking to void NA-122 by-poll results

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has rejected the plea of PTI candidate Aleem Khan, seeking nullification of by-elections in NA-122 Lahore, ARY News reported on Monday.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate from NA-122 had sought abrogation of the election result over allegations of illegal vote transfer. The ECP however allowed the party’s request for access to voters’ record in the constituency.

Aleem Khan, in a petition filed in November las year had alleged irregularities and pre-poll rigging in the NA-122 by-election and pleaded the ECP to declare the election null and void due to ‘technical rigging’ by vote transfer.

PTI candidate Aleem Khan had contested the by-election in NA-122 against National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq from PML-N in October last year. Sadiq, who was de-seated by an election tribunal reclaimed the seat in the by-election.

The ECP, however, accepted PTI candidate’s plea for access to the voters’ records citing Section 45 of the The Representation of the People Act 1976, which pertains to the ‘public inspection of documents’.

The election commission expressed serious concerns that some affidavits filed by the petitioner were false, and therefore, the Commission reserved its right to proceed against him in accordance with the law after the final verdict from the tribunal.

PTI’s Aleem Khan, in his plea argued that around 30,000 votes in NA-122 were altered between the general and by-elections and 22,000 of which lacked the documentary evidence necessary for the process of vote transfer.

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